Advent Technologies to collaborate with Los Alamos, UT Austin, RPI, UNM and Toyota in the development of next-generation HT-PEM fuel cell technology

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We believe that HT-PEM represents not only a breakthrough for heavy-duty automotive technology but also for aviation, portable, and off-grid power generation.

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Pecan Street launches Texas’ first grid-connected vehicle-to-grid research and testing center

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Austin, Texas-based energy research organization Pecan Street Inc. launched Texas’ first grid-tied vehicle-to-grid (V2G) testing center at its lab in Austin, turning electric vehicles into a dispatchable load shaving tool for the municipally-owned electric utility, Austin Energy. V2G technologies allow us to unlock the potential of EVs for cleaner transit and a cleaner grid. New grid-tied V2G equipment installed at Pecan Street’s lab in Austin, TX.

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ExxonMobil invests $15M in University of Texas at Austin Energy Institute; renewable energy, battery technologies and power grid modeling

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ExxonMobil will invest $15 million as a leadership member of the University of Texas at Austin Energy Institute to pursue technologies to help meet growing energy demand while reducing environmental impacts and the risk of climate change. Research projects are expected to cover a range of emerging technologies, and will take advantage of the university’s capabilities in renewable energy, battery technologies and power grid modeling.

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Ford Partners with Austin Energy and Centerpoint Energy to Prepare Austin and Houston Areas for EVs

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Ford announced two partnerships with utilities in Texas— Austin Energy in Austin and Centerpoint Energy in Houston—to prepare those two regions for electric vehicles. Ford will work with Austin Energy and Centerpoint Energy to develop consumer outreach and education programs on electric vehicles as well as share information on charging needs and requirements to ensure the electrical grid can support the necessary demand.

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EPRI, 8 automakers and 15 utilities to create an open grid integration platform for plug-in electric vehicles

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The Electric Power Research Institute, 8 automakers and 15 utilities are working to develop and to demonstrate an open platform that would integrate plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) with smart grid technologies enabling utilities to support PEV charging regardless of location. The open platform will simplify and streamline V2G (vehicle-to-grid) communications, enabling PEVs to provide grid services and increasing the overall value proposition of plug-in vehicles.

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EPRI and partners to stage public demo of Open Vehicle-Grid Integration (VGI) Platform software

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The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), along with several auto manufacturers, utilities, and regional transmission organizations, will demonstrate the Open Vehicle-Grid Integration (VGI) Platform software system, developed by EPRI and Sumitomo Electric Industries. The software is an advanced software platform for integrating plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) with smart grid technologies. Electric (Battery) Infrastructure Plug-ins Smart charging Smart Grid V2X

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EVgo launches grid-tied public fast charging system with second-life batteries

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EVgo has integrated second-life BMW i3 batteries to store energy from the grid generated during peak solar hours and later use that stored energy to fast-charge EVgo customers during periods of high demand. In addition to reducing curtailment of solar or wind power, a benefit to all grid users, EVgo is also commercially demonstrating the reuse of EV batteries for grid benefit.

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DOE Awarding $620M for Smart Grid Demonstration and Energy Storage Projects

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The US Department of Energy is awarding $620 million for projects around the country to demonstrate advanced Smart Grid technologies and integrated systems. These 32 demonstration projects, which include large-scale energy storage, smart meters, distribution and transmission system monitoring devices, plug-in vehicles, and a range of other smart technologies, will act as models for deploying integrated Smart Grid systems on a broader scale. Tags: Batteries Smart Grid

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H2@Scale project launched in Texas; renewable hydrogen for multiple end-use applications

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in close collaboration with GTI and The University of Texas at Austin, has launched a US Department of Energy project, Demonstration and Framework for H2@Scale in Texas and Beyond. Frontier Energy, Inc.,

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GM and OnStar team up for smart grid project

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Smart grid research in Austin, Texas, has picked up some serious backing – thanks to the involvement of General Motors (GM) and OnStar. The companies will partner in the Pecan Street smart grid project in the Mueller community that focuses on the development and testing of the advanced technology while also studying business models and [.].

Smart Grid projects pick up huge funding boost

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The advancement of the US Smart Grid has taken another significant step forward after the US Department of Energy agreed to award $620million to projects across the country aimed at advancing Smart Grid technologies and integrated systems. The funding has been divided into two areas: the first group, consisting of 16 awards, totals $435million and supports fully integrated Smart Grid demonstrations in 21 states.

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Univ. of Texas researchers propose lithium- or sodium-water batteries as next generation of high-capacity battery technology; applicable for EVs and grid storage

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The new strategy promises to be applicable to both the electric-vehicle market and the problem of electrical energy storage for the grid. More recently, at the University of Texas, Austin, Dr. Goodenough patented a new class of iron phosphate materials with potential to replace the more costly cobalt materials. Example of a lithium-water rechargeable battery. Credit: ACS, Lu et al. Click to enlarge.

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Columbus, Ohio wins $40M DOT Smart City Challenge; $10M more from Vulcan, $90M from private partners

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The seven finalist cities that were announced at South by Southwest (SXSW) in March—Austin, Columbus, Denver, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Portland, and San Francisco—all presented innovative concepts, proposing to create new first-of-a-kind corridors for autonomous vehicles to move city residents, to electrify city fleets, and to collectively equip over thirteen thousand buses, taxis, and cars with vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication.

DOE ARPA-E awards $156M to projects to 60 projects to accelerate innovation in clean energy technologies

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The new ARPA-E selections focus on accelerating innovations in clean technology while increasing US competitiveness in rare earth alternatives and breakthroughs in biofuels, thermal storage, grid controls, and solar power electronics. at Austin. Electric Vehicle: Thermal Batteries for Electric Vehicles The University of Texas at Austin (UTA) will lead the research. stores energy from the sun to be released onto the grid at a. University of Texas Austin, University of.

2011 242

Tesla Solar Roof aces long-term test despite being caked in ash for 5 months


Tesla enthusiast and Los Angeles resident Austin Flack had a 9.09 were fed to the grid, and 32.2%

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Electric Cars and a Smarter Grid - Green Inc. Blog -

Tony Karrer Delicious EVdriven

Electric cars and a smart electric grid have a bright future, according to panelists at a roundtable discussion on the subject that I attended last Friday in Boston. “I And in a true smart grid, electric cars will not only be able to draw on electricity to run their motors, they will also be able to do the reverse: send electricity stored in their batteries back into the grid when it is needed. and they could feed it back into the grid when there’s not enough.&#

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SAE International publishes new J2954 wireless charging standard

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Power is transferred by creating a magnetic resonance field between the transmitting pad on the ground (wired to the grid) and a receiving pad fitted on the underside of the vehicle. 250-mm) ground clearance have shown that WPT systems operate at grid-to-battery efficiencies of up to 94%.

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Ford In Another Texas Partnership for Plug-in Preparation: Oncor

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Ford and Oncor will work together to develop consumer outreach and education programs on electric vehicles as well as share information on charging needs and requirements to ensure the electrical grid can support the necessary demand. Earlier, Ford had announced similar partnerships with Austin Energy in Austin and Centerpoint Energy in Houston.

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CMU study finds taxes on emissions would result in more rapid electrification by ridesharing companies

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Externality reductions vary from 10% in New York (where externality costs for both gasoline and electricity consumption are relatively high and a Pigovian tax induces a partial shift to BEVs), to 22% in Los Angeles (where high gasoline and low electric grid externalities lead a Pigovian tax to induce a near-complete shift to BEVs).

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SunEdison developing home solar charging systems for Chevrolet Volt

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smart grid project. is creating a consumer-focused smart-grid demonstration project in Austin, Texas, built around home applications, and consumer electronics. SunEdison, a subsidiary of MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc., has joined the Pecan Street Inc. As part of its role, SunEdison will be leading development of the advanced home solar photovoltaic (PV) charging systems for the Chevrolet Volt. Pecan Street Inc.

2011 196

Dealing with petroleum addiction, Texas style

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I should add that Texas, in the form of Austin Energy's Plug-in Partners effort, shows us the right direction to head, promoting plug-in hybrids (and electric cars) to use the electrical grid to replace gasoline. The Texas House of Representatives votes in favor of increased gasoline consumption.

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Stanford’s Yi Cui receives CalTech Resonate award for battery work

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Current projects include research into energy generation such as advanced photovoltaics, photoelectrochemical solar fuels, and cellulosic biofuels; energy conversion work on batteries and fuel cells; and energy efficiency and management such as fuel efficient vehicles, green chemical synthesis, thermoelectric materials, and advanced research on electrical grid control and distribution.

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New OnStar app shows cost of Volt charging

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The new app, called EcoHub, will initially be tested with and available to residents of the Pecan Street demonstration project, a smart grid living community in Austin. For the first time we’re able to put one of our Smart Grid solutions into the hands of actual consumers, thanks in part to our partnership with Pecan Street. —Paul Pebbles, global manager, Electric Vehicle and Smart Grid Services.

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$50M Battery500 consortium targeting battery pack with specific energy of 500 Wh/kg

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University of Texas at Austin. Though the immediate goal is to make effective, affordable batteries for EVs, consortium director and PNNL materials scientist Jun Liu expects the consortium’s work could also advance stationary grid energy storage. PNNL’s lead role in the consortium builds on its decades of leadership in materials science, chemistry, transportation and power grid modernization.

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Actacell merges with flourine-based battery company Contour Energy Systems

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Contour Energy Systems, Inc, developer of new fluorine-based battery chemistries, nanomaterials science and manufacturing processes for lithium-ion energy storage systems ( earlier post ) is merging with Li-ion battery maker ActaCell Energy Systems, a spin-off from the University of Texas at Austin ( earlier post.

2012 191

Whole Foods Market Installs Coulomb Technologies Charging Station

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The charging station is located at Whole Foods Market flagship store in Austin, Texas. It is our hope that by offering electric vehicle charging we can support alternative transportation and help Austin residents decrease their environmental impact. Whole Foods Market, the largest retailer of natural and organic foods, with more than 270 stores throughout North America and the UK, has installed its first Coulomb ChargePoint Networked Charging Station for Electric Vehicles (EV).

2010 185

Ford names first markets for the Focus Electric

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Ford Motor Company has named the first markets that will sell the Focus Electric, Ford’s all-electric passenger car: Atlanta; Austin and Houston, Texas; Boston; Chicago; Denver; Detroit; Los Angeles; San Francisco; San Diego; New York; Orlando, Fla.;

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DOE announces $139M in funding for 55 projects to advance innovative vehicle technologies

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e-Mosaic: Electrification Mosaic Platform for Grid- Informed Smart Charging Management. Utility Managed Smart Charging for Consumer and Grid Benefits. The University of Texas at Austin. US Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette announced $139 million in federal funding for 55 projects across the country that will support new and innovative advanced vehicle technologies (DE-FOA-0002197, earlier post ).

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Chevrolet to Produce 10,000 Volts in 2011 and 30,000 in 2012; 50-State Availability 12-18 Months After Launch

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Austin, Texas; and the New York City metropolitan area later this year. The Texas utilities include: Austin Energy, CenterPoint Energy, CPS Energy, Oncor, and American Electric Power. In the Northeast, Chevrolet is partnering with Con Edison, New York Power Authority, Northeast Utilities, National Grid, and Public Service Electric and Gas. DiSalle also confirmed that the Volt will embark on a 1,776-mile “Freedom Drive” leaving Austin 1 June.

2010 195

A123 Systems, Hydro-Quebec, and the University of Texas settle lithium metal phosphate battery chemistry patent dispute

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A123 Systems, Hydro Québec, and the Board of Regents of the University of Texas System, on behalf of the University of Texas at Austin (UT) have settled their patent disputes regarding lithium metal phosphate technologies, entering into a Settlement Agreement and related Patent Sublicense Agreement that will resolve the existing litigations and create licenses going forward.

2011 179

500 kW Solar PV system goes online at Fords Michigan Assembly; 2 MWh energy storage system

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Xtreme Power of Austin, Texas, is supplying its Dynamic Power Resource on-site energy storage and power management system. The Michigan Assembly project is funded by a $3 million investment from DTE Energy’s SolarCurrents program, a $2-million grant from the Michigan Public Service Commission in support of the state’s smart-grid initiative, and approximately $800,000 worth of in-kind contributions from Ford.

2011 170

Plug In 2008

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July 22, 2008; The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) announced today a research and development collaboration with General Motors and 34 top utilities to facilitate integration of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles ( PHEVs ) into the grid, a key step in providing the nation’s drivers an alternative to petroleum fuels. Seamless integration of PHEVs into the electric grid will require close collaboration between the automobile and electric sectors.” ActaCell of Austin, Tex.,

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GE to Demonstrate First Silicon-Carbide Solid-State Primary Power Distribution Technology Use under USAF Contract

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Solid-state switching is critical to the Smart-Grid concept of intelligent power management, control and protection. Austin Schaffter, vice president, Electrical Power Systems for GE Aviation. GE Aviation announced an R&D contract worth more than $7 million for the first solid-state primary power distribution technology using Silicon Carbide (SiC) power switches applicable to the latest and future United States Air Force platforms.

2010 161

Texas study finds PHEV use could increase ozone at night, decrease ozone during the day

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The team modeled the air quality impacts of replacing approximately 20% of the gasoline-powered light duty vehicle miles traveled (VMT) with electric VMT by the year 2018 for four major cities in Texas: Dallas/Ft Worth, Houston, Austin, and San Antonio. For all charging scenarios in San Antonio and Austin, potential exposure is reduced.

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ExxonMobil and Princeton select five energy research projects; including batteries and solar

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The five selected projects and the professors who will lead them are as follows: Extending Battery Lifetime and Cycle Efficiency: The project will use diagnostic tools recently developed at Princeton to study degradation pathways of electric-vehicle batteries, and how they might impact follow-on use in applications on the power grid, known as “second life” applications.

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DOE awarding >$24M to 77 projects through Technology Commercialization Fund

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Austin, Texas First Solar Inc., Improved tools for consumer load profiling to build resilience into the electric grid, $150,000 Holy Cross Energy, Glenwood Springs, Colo. The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced more than $24 million in funding for 77 projects supported by the Office of Technology Transitions (OTT) Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF). The TCF was created by the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to promote promising energy technologies.

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Ford, Detroit Edison and Extreme Power Working to Build One of Michigans Largest Solar Power Systems at Michigan Assembly Plant; 2 MWh Battery Storage System

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Xtreme Power of Austin, Texas, is supplying its Dynamic Power Resource on-site energy storage and power management system. With this solar energy system, we will be able to gain vital understanding about the integration of renewable power, smart-grid technologies and energy storage at an industrial facility. Michigan Assembly’s energy storage system will be able to recharge from the grid during off-peak hours when energy is available at a lower cost.

2010 170

More Than 1,800 EV chargers installed under Recovery Act

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The eight projects under the Transportation Electrification Initiative, including Coulomb’s project, represent the world’s largest electric vehicle demonstration project and will result in the deployment of more than 13,000 grid-connected vehicles and more than 22,000 charging points in residential, commercial, and public locations nationwide by December 2013.

2011 191

NSF awards $20 million to two new testbeds to support cloud computing applications and experiments

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The new awards complement industry’s efforts and will enable academic researchers to experiment and advance cloud computing architectures that can support a new generation of innovative applications, including real-time and safety-critical applications such as those used in medical devices, power grids, and transportation systems.

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Exascale Computing Project (ECP) announces $39.8M in first-round application development awards

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Exascale Predictive Wind Plant Flow Physics Modeling, Steve Hammond (NREL) with SNL, ORNL, University of Texas Austin. Optimizing Stochastic Grid Dynamics at Exascale, Henry Huang (PNNL) with ANL, NREL. The Department of Energy’s Exascale Computing Project (ECP) announced its first round of funding with the selection of 15 application development proposals for full funding and seven proposals for seed funding, representing teams from 45 research and academic organizations.

2016 150

Opinion: Why Buffett Bet A Billion On Solar: Miles Per Acre Per Year

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The first eye-opener for large scale solar was the Austin Energy PPA last year that was priced at 5 cents. During the midday hours, many grids will experience negative pricing as solar PV floods the market to the extent that the power cannot be stored. by Henry Hewitt for During the late innings of the ICE-age (as in the Internal Combustion Engine age) it has become clear that feeding gasoline and diesel to the next billion new cars is not going to be easy, or cheap.

2015 293

Obama Administration launches series of actions to accelerate EV adoption; inc. $4.5B in loan guarantees, pursuing 350 kW fast charge

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Enable smart charging and vehicle grid integration through solutions such as demand response, and other energy storage and load management strategies. National Grid. The partnership will also work to enhance workplace charging efforts at public power utilities, study the impacts of EVs in public power communities, and share insights regarding infrastructure installation and EV interaction with the modern grid. University of Texas at Austin.

2016 238

New silicon-hydrogel composite Li-ion anode material shows long cycle life, easy manufacturability

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This will potentially allow for this high-performance composite electrode to be scaled up for manufacturing the next generation of high-energy Li-ion batteries, which are important for applications in electric vehicles and grid-scale energy storage systems that require both low-cost and reliable battery systems. Schematic illustration of 3D porous SiNP/conductive polymer hydrogel composite electrodes. Each SiNP is encapsulated in a conductive polymer surface. Wu et al. Click to enlarge.

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